Monday, August 6, 2007

10 Years

Today is our tenth anniversary. Wow, that sounds like a long time! And Edward is still my Prince Charming! Then ...

... and now - 4 kids later.

Sweet Baby Kathryn

Our sweet niece, Kathryn, left us last week. Our hearts ache at her sudden passing due to an undiagnosed heart condition. She brought absolute joy to her family and will continue to bring joy to those who wait with her on the other side. Please say a prayer for the Sanders. Her beautiful obituary was written by Edward's sister, Katie.

Kathryn McKay Sanders, 5 months old, of Crestview, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 2, 2007, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. She was born on Feb. 21, 2007, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to John and Jan Sanders. Kathryn is survived by her parents, John and Jan Sanders; two sisters, Caroline and Julia Sanders; one brother, Sterling Sanders; and grandparents, Donald Eugene and Donna Jean Sanders of Florida; and grandparents, Otto and Jan Hildebrand of Missouri. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, C. Edward Felker III of Missouri. Kathryn was an angel in her home, blessing the lives of her father, mother, sisters and brother. Friends and family knew that to her siblings Kathryn was like a beautiful little baby doll, cherished and loved in every possible way. In her they discovered the beauty of being an older sister or brother. They loved holding her and entertaining her. Making Kathryn smile rewarded them beyond words. Caroline was always quick to set up play areas for Kathryn and to help with her daily stretching and therapy. Julia got ready early in the mornings just for the chance to help with Kathryn and to be able to hold her. Sterling never forgot his baby sister during his busy 3-year-old play. He reveled in stopping his playtime to tenderly kiss and love his sweet little sister. For the family, Kathryn’s short life blessed their home. Her sweet and pure spirit graced the home, and the family showered her with their love. For mother and father, Kathryn was a daily gift. Dad enjoyed holding her and having the quiet moments of the morning to peek in at his little blue-eyed blonde daughter’s head bobbing in the crib. Mom treasured the extended time she had holding her little angel, always asking a blessing on her life. Kathryn’s precious smiling face, so happy, so pleasant and so peaceful will always be a treasured memory in the Sanders’ home, where her life gave them a bit of Heaven on Earth. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 3 Del Cerro Camino. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 4 p.m. Burial services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Forrest Hills Memorial Cemetery in Morely, Mo. Brackney Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.